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6 years
ago

The Mystery of Mayor Daley

After 15 years in office, his popularity and his power have never been greater. Insiders say Richard M. Daley could crack down on the cronyism and ethically questionable deals that threaten to undermine his legacy. Why doesn’t he? A special report

6 years
ago

Best of Chicago

Whoever said “Good enough” probably didn’t get very far in life. In our annual pursuit of better living through extreme pickiness, we discovered the best reasons to celebrate our ever-expanding city.

6 years
ago

Top Jobs for Tough Times

With the economy weakening and the unemployment line growing, we searched for—and found—some good news: local employers who aren’t just surviving the current economic malaise but thriving, hiring, and treating their employees right

7 years
ago

Our Lake

From kayaking to fly-fishing to building castles in the sand: a user’s guide to summer on the water

7 years
ago

Best New Restaurants

Twenty-one restaurants, countless thrills. Several of this year’s top new spots bend rules and influences; others give classic genres much-needed shots of adrenaline. Either way, all 21 of them loom large in a booming restaurant landscape where it’s getting harder and harder to do that.

7 years
ago

Who Makes What

Our roundup of area paychecks is back, naming names and giving dollar amounts for more than 250 sports figures, business people, government workers, creative types, and more. We’ve also got the scoop on Michael Jordan and on Obama’s campaign staff. Check it out—you know you’re curious.

7 years
ago

Best for Kids—and Parents, Too!

Chicago is rich with possibilities for families, which is why we’ve devoted this story to providing a guide to the best stuff for kids, parents, and moms-to-be. Take along our field guide to birds and critters on your next hike. Read advice from Chicago’s reigning baby-sleep specialist, Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Check out our taste test of birthday cakes from the city’s top-tier bakeries. All this and more.

7 years
ago

Nothing But Net: 171 Great Chicago Web Sites

Lost in front of the Web address bar? Search engines letting you down? We scoured the Web to find the sites that make the lives of Chicagoans better in the real world, winnowing the chaff from the wheat to give you the best real-estate search, the most active foodie forum, the top local news sources, and much, much more.

7 years
ago

Chicago’s Top Doctors

In cooperation with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., we present a list of 355 of the area’s best physicians in 56 different medical specialties. In addition, seven doctors weigh in on a wide variety of health issues, and a panel of experts explain how to be a smarter patient.

7 years
ago

63 Ways to Pamper Yourself

Feeling harried? In this season of running around buying gifts for other people, we recommend taking a moment for yourself. Get an invigorating massage. Let someone else clean your house for a change. Or splurge on a special bottle of wine. Our story captures the best indulgences Chicago has to offer.

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